Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sunni-Shia war escalates

If the Western powers had the least bit of common sense, backbone or sense of self-preservation, it would capitalize on the Sunni-Shia conflict to weaken them both.

Unfortunately, the West is so infused with political correctness and multi-culturalism it does not allow our leaders to confront the most dangerous treat to freedom in history.


The Middle East’s own 30 Years War has just begun

17 June 2014 13:25 Douglas Murray Follow @douglaskmurray

In January, Douglas Murray explained in The Spectator how relations in the Middle East were becoming increasingly tense. With northern Iraq now in turmoil, following the advance of Islamist militant group Isis, Douglas’s insight seems prescient.

Syria has fallen apart. Major cities in Iraq have fallen to al-Qa’eda. Egypt may have stabilised slightly after a counter-coup. But Lebanon is starting once again to fragment. Beneath all these facts — beneath all the explosions, exhortations and blood — certain themes are emerging.

Some years ago, before the Arab ‘Spring’ ever sprung, I remember asking one top security official about the region. What, I wondered, was their single biggest fear? The answer was striking and precise: ‘That the region will clarify.’ That is a fear which now appears to be coming true.

The Middle East is not simply falling apart. It is taking a different shape, along very clear lines — far older ones than those the western powers rudely imposed on the region nearly a century ago. Across the whole continent those borders are in the process of cracking and breaking. But while that happens the region’s two most ambitious centres of power — the house of Saud and the Ayatollahs in Iran — find themselves fighting each other not just for influence but even, perhaps, for survival.

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